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Overcome Barriers for Change

  The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” – Sir Roger Bannister. On May 6, 1954, approximately three thousand spectators gathered at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England, where winds up to twenty-five miles per... read more

How to Create Inclusion When Inspiring Change

Did you ever surprise someone with what you thought was a great gift only to get an icy stare and a raspy “thank you?” If you asked why there was upset, did you get a canned reply like “not upset, it’s really fine?” And did you ever... read more

How to Let Go of The Past to Free the Present

One of my coaching clients, Steve, recently got a much wanted promotion. He was so beyond excited he felt like he was walking on air, for, oh for about a week. Then he called and said “What did I do.” Actually he used much more colorful language than that.... read more

Business Alert

One of my coaching clients informed me his in-laws just moved in to live with them while the dad is recuperating from heart surgery. I asked how he was coping and his cryptic response was “I spend a way more lot of time at work. It’s calledsurvival!” That is what many... read more

How To Make a Healthy Change at Work

The only constant at work is change. So why do we spend so much energy clinging to doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. It’s a brain thing! Let me explain. We are all, and that means all of us, programmed for survival. That is our... read more

Sailing the 7 C’s of Leadership

We just experienced an incredible team meeting at an off-site at our retreat center, The Country Place. Participants are all achievers of excellence, so when I suggested that they would get a grade of “C” they became very argumentative. “Wait,... read more

Make Change that Leads to Something New

What happens when you get stuck in a rut? Think about it for a moment. There you are sitting in your car and the tires are mired in mud. First thing you do? Tell the truth now! First thing! Most people rev the engine. So, there you sit with the tires going round and... read more

Is Stress Hitting Your Hot Buttons?

The economic crisis, continuous extreme weather changes, and the threat of pandemics, gives a heightened definition to the words “stressed out.” In these roller coaster times it’s hard to take anything for granted. An ancient Chinese saying helps put... read more

Will You Stay, Suffer or Leave a Bully Boss?

Did you ever work for someone who points their finger at you like they want to poke out your eyes? Did you, or maybe YOU DO, work for someone who is always telling you what is not working and rarely acknowledges what is working? Have you ever reported to someone whose... read more

How Fast Will a Tree Grow?

Leaders will not transform in a single day. It takes time and effort and learning from mistakes. Why are we in so much of a hurry rushing to the finish line without the discipline of seeking excellence? Are we aware that we may be losing the race as leaders by trying... read more

Spread Your Wings and Make Change Happen

Leadership development is multi-layered and complicated. The flight of a butterfly is also complex, made up of a multitude of movements. What can we learn about entrepreneurship, sales, and running a company from a flitting creature that seems to be there mainly to... read more

When does a Boss Transform into a Leader?

Question: “How many managers does it take to become a leader?” Answer: “Only one, so long as the manager can give up subordinates to gain followers.” Here in lies the trap of management versus leadership. It really is easier to have people who work... read more

The 5 Telltale Signs of an Employee in Distress

When should you intervene in a work/personal issue or should you? How much should you ask about a team member’s personal problem? How can you find the balance of what to ask or not ask and what are the telltale signs to watch for? Have you ever watched a really good... read more

Hey, What’s In It For Me, Too?

This is an important time to compare and contrast the rich and famous and ask ourselves if they are really so different from the rest of us. I think not! I think that the self-serving, the narcissistic, the “because they can” crowd is getting slammed fast... read more

Can Conflict Really Be Good for the Workplace?

Why do so many of us cringe in the face of conflict? It’s because the little kid part of us that looked up at those giants in our world (that means any adult) and knew they were big and we were small, and they would win and we would lose when it came to decision... read more

Can Leaders Cry?

I ask you, whose fault is it that I could never give my boss what he wants? I ask you, is it fair that I am just packing up from a very long day and it is now 11pm and he calls and asks, nicely mind you, if I will get him some information that will take, oh maybe... read more

How Dumb Can Tim Armstrong Be

How many apologies does a CEO get to make before he or she is sent out to pasture? In the case of Tim Armstrong, it seems that two major gaffs (I am sure there are many more behind closed doors) should be enough. Tim is such a fabulous example of looking at his job... read more

3 Things to Avoid When Giving Feedback

It’s always a sticky situation when you have to give or get negative feedback and this is just not a topic always covered in business school. It really is about understanding how to manage people relationship systems. Here are some guidelines for giving feedback so... read more

Man of the Year

How would you rate the chances for this marriage to last even a year? This is funny yet, sadly still true. As I have talked with women who have read my book “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change” many have told me that they still have the superwoman complex and will... read more
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